I usually don't have a lot of time to read and I get through my books in bits and pieces. This one wouldn't let me go. I made time to read it. Two wonderful characters, with a depth you don't often find. Summer, sweet but no pushover. Elizabeth, steel-eyed to the world but with a touching vulnerability. Even though the fake romance plot has been before this was a fresh take on it. I loved the details and twists and turns around their acting. Often that's just a background. Here it meant something. The whole book did
This is by far my favourite of Lee Winters. I really enjoyed the characters, story line and flow. I would have liked a bit more from the characters when they had to act together - kissing each other just seem to get glossed over would have like to hear how each of them felt in those moments.
I felt a little book drunk after reading it. Like, how could I choose what book follows that?
Elizabeth Thornton is most hated villain on American Medical TV Drama, Choosing Hope. But her character’s demeanour on the show has begun to be all that the public see of her outside it, a villain. She just needs to get to the end of the season then she can pursue bigger and better roles. In walks fellow actress Summer and she is everything her name implies, bright, cheerful and stunningly beautiful. When a clumsy stumble puts Elizabeth and Summer in the spotlight, their world begins to change. Especially when the director wants to hire Elizabeth as his lead actress for his latest upcoming movie, but only if she brings along her girlfriend Summer to the meeting. Elizabeth’s well-constructed closet starts fail as she is forced into the open but she really wants that part. Can she convince Summer to play her girlfriend until she secures the part? And not fall for Summer’s charms in the process? All the while keeping the public from learning about her sexuality?
There are so many tropes in this book you could easily loose count but the ones that intrigued me the most were, fauxmance, ice queen, age-gap and Hollywood romance. All the tropes that I simply love and look out for, so I knew this book was going to blow my mind. The Ice Queen trope was one with a twist though because as much as Elizabeth to the outside world had a cold demeanour, it couldn’t be further from the truth, behind closed doors and with friends she was relaxed, charming, fun and very likeable. I was crushing on her hard.
Summer is just delightful. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is probably one of the most caring and loveable characters I have ever read. There were moments I couldn’t understand how Elizabeth could hold back from falling for her completely. I wanted to make her my friend after the first chapter.
I really enjoyed the moments of realisation for Elizabeth about her feelings for Summer or other aspects of her closeted life. It was like a wall came down every time and we saw how amazing she was. In turn, her friends were also amazing and stole my heart on more than one occasion, especially Alex. I really hope Lee Winter writes her story at some point as I was really taken with her character.
This is without a doubt one of the best novels to come out of Lesbian fiction in 2018. It’s wonderful… really. The chemistry between the characters was oozing off the page, the characters were easy to like from the get go and the whole premise gave me the feels.
Lee Winter is the best at delivering the Ice Queen you love! I thought that Summer's sweet loving and caring personality versus the cold aloof and controlled Elizabeth was fantastic. The storyline had drama, romance and a few laughs along the way. A fake Hollywood romance, what could possible go wrong...or right! I loved this book from the start and can't wait to read the next Lee Winter novel! I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.